We live in groups like our families. We are in groups for work, recreation, church, and community. Each group has a purpose. Group behavior can be dysfunctional or very organized. Groups can become productive ad be called teams.Companies gave experienced change. When management wants to change a group they can us organizational development techniques. Groups are different than teams.
Groups are centered on specific goals. Teams focus on a vision and share a passion to help the greater good.Group follows top management directives and follows their peers. Teams inspire teamwork, motivation and productivity. A group will problem solves and perform tasks within the limits of the company. Teams allow the members to be creative and look for new ways to perform tasks. Group members resent others who can do their job. Teams look for the best talent ad for people who can excel.Groups see problem solving as a waste of time. Teams look at problem solving as opportunities A group will control or limit information in a company. A group avoids or dislikes conflict. A team is open to communication. The team will be honest a share information to individuals who have a need to know. Teams will embrace conflict as the look at this as an opportunity for growth. A group can be slow to change. They became bureaucratic and restricted by policies and rules. Team look for innovation and ways to be more productive. Teams react quicker and try to be proactive with trends in their industry.Groups fail to recognize achievements. Team celebrate Large and small victories. Groups can become dinosaurs. They can become extinct and they do not react to their environment. Teams thrive on new trends in their industry and many times they are the change agents. Groups sometimes lack a commitment toward a common goal. Team is dedicated to the team’s goal and vision. Leadership is the key difference between a group and a team. Teamwork equals passion.